23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Historical Romance,
This review is from: The Young Victoria (DVD)
First, I owne over 3K DVD's, 10 are romances. Therefore, when I say this is excellent believe me. It's in my cart. Secondly, it's historically accurate. The actors do a great job of making history come alive and the dialogue is believable, the erotic scenes are tasteful and the love scenes are touching.
Victoria is dominated by her mother and her lover. On her first meeting with Albert he tells her over a game of chess: "Learn the rules of the game until you are skilled enough to play it." Albert is ruled by his uncle the King of Belgium, but is a Coburg, therefore, German. This marraige is a political alliance and love is not supposed to be a factor.
After she becomes Queen at age 18, she turfs out her mother et al and rules with the help of her charming Liberal Prime Minister. This creates problems and she turns to Albert who's been writing supportive letters throughout the political crisis.
Once married, she tries to continue ruling alone and Albert resents having nothing to do. When he tries to help, she resents his "interference" ... ok you probably know they had nine children and lived together for 20 years until Albert's death. Victoria never remarried. That's why this movie animates dull old history. I know the facts, yet this movie makes the facts fun.
So why only four stars when it got 3 foreign awards equivilent to the Oscars -- well, I really don't like romances even it they are absolutely wonderful. If you like romance read 4 stars as 5. It's only a matter of personal taste on my part.
The acting is supurb. The script is well-written. The costumes are glorious. I hate to admit it but I cried in one of the love scenes.
The Brits have done it again. They've made a great movie.